Congratulations! REFORMA Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants Winners

The winners of the 2019 REFORMA Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants are:

  • Council Bluffs Public Library: Artistic Story of my Culture with Linda Garcia-Perez/Cuento artístico de mi cultura con Linda Garcia-Perez
  • Denver Public Library, Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch: Noche de Cuentos: Illustrating Your Story
  • Fresno County Public Library, Bette Rodriguez Branch: Noche de Cuentos y Calaveras
  • Garfield County Libraries, Glenwood Springs Branch: Noches de Cuentos
  • Los Angeles Public Library: Noche de Cuentos @ LA Libros Fest
  • Metropolitan Library System, Capitol Hill Library: Storytelling with Xavier Garza
  • Siouxland Libraries, Oak View Branch: Journey through Memories / Viaje a través de los recuerdos
  • St. Helena Public Library: Una Noche de Cuentos: A Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Each library will receive $300 to support their Noche de Cuentos programs during Latino Heritage Month.

REFORMA thanks the Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants Selection Committee:

  • Ana-Elba Pavon, Branch Manager, Oakland Public Library – Elmhurst Branch, REFORMA President 2005-06
  • Esmeralda Majors, Librarian, Creighton Elementary, Conroe Independent School District
  • Lettycia Terrones, MLIS, PhD Student, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lucia M. Gonzalez, Library Director, North Miami Public Library, REFORMA President 2010-11, Noche de Cuentos Founder
  • Maria F. Estrella, Chair of REFORMA’s Children’s and Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC), Cleveland Public Library
  • Sandra Rios Balderrama, REFORMA President 1997-98, Pura Belpré Award Co-Founder
  • Sylmarí Burgos Ramírez, Librarian, Denver Public Library, PhD Student at Simmons University

We thank everyone who applied for our Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grant Program—we received 19 submissions.

We also thank ALA Past-President Loida Garía Febo and Cinco Books for contributing funds for this initiative.

If you would like to support future Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grants, consider making a donation to REFORMA at

REFORMA believes that storytelling and oral traditions are key to the transmission and preservation of culture, as well as a significant tool in developing literacy skills. Noche de Cuentos was launched in 2010 to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within our Latino communities in the U.S.

¡Felicidades a los ganadores!

Madeline Peña
REFORMA Immediate Past-President
2019 Noche de Cuentos Mini-Grant Program Coordinator